The SWD u/18 team recorded three impressive victories in their last three matches at the annual Coca-Cola Khaya Majola National cricket that was hosted in Port Elizabeth the past week.
They had a disappointing start when they lost in the first innings against Boland in a time cricket match when Boland posted 218/8 in their first innings with Nevada Jacobs 3/46) and Todd Walker (3/38) the best bowlers. SWD was dismissed in their first innings for a disappointing total of 105 with only captain, Jean du Plessis (27), who made a significant contribution with the bat. Boland declared their second innings at 24/1 with SWD that replied with 63/2. Richard Papenfus made 44*
In their second fixture, Northern Cape (formerly known as Griquas) declared their first innings at 175/8 as Dillan Nuys (4/49), JC Nel (2/23) and Jaco Janse van Rensburg (2/43) were the pick of the bowlers. SWD replied with a credible 201/8 with Richard Papenfus (78) and Jean du Plessis (46) the batting heroes. Northern Cape declared their second innings 85/2 and was at SWD 38/3 at the close of play in their second innings. Siyabonga Mbathane (2/23) was their best bowler in the second innings.
Free State (143/4) defeated SWD (123/6) by 20 runs in their first T20 match with Nevada Jacobs (2/25 with the ball), Jean du Plessis (34 with the bat) and Josh van Eeden (26* with the bat) their best performers. SWD (105/9) – with Levin Muller who made 41 – however turned their performances around with a brilliant 22 run victory against a strong Eastern Province (83 all out) side. JC Nel (2/11) and Dillan Nuys (3/4) were outstanding with the ball.
In a 50-over match against Border Todd Walker produced a brilliant all-round performance with SWD that was victorious with an 88 runs victory. SWD, who batted first made 271/5 with Walker (87*; 66 balls, 5×5, 2×4) the batting hero. He was well supported by Muller (39), Papenfus (43), du Plessis (27) and Simkelo Mvimbi (30). Walker (6/24) who recorded the best bowling performance of the tournament was well supported by Athinkosi Mapona (2/37) as Border was dismissed for 183.
Josh van Eeden from South Western Districts has been named the CocaCola Hero of the day for day 4 of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week. The prestigious Coca-Cola® Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Josh was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed panel of cricket experts after he pulled off a spectacular catch in the covers to remove Athenkosi Mfazwe of Border for 21 off the bowling of Todd Walker. Josh was fielding in covers when the batter lifted the ball over the covers after being surprised by a slower delivery. He had to turn and run unsighted until the ball came over his shoulder and into view. At the last minute, Todd dived forward and caught the ball just before it touched the ground.
In the last match was reduced to 30 overs per team due to rain, the SWD batsmen was again impressive with a run rate of 6.63 when they posted 199/6 thanks to brilliant batting performances by Levin Muller (32; 34 balls, 1×6, 4×4), Jean du Plessis (68; 63 balls, 2×6, 3×4) and Bailey Aarons (32*; 20 balls, 4×6). Nevade Jacobs (2/20), Aarons (2/19), Nuys (2/11) and Mapona (2/19) produced an outstanding bowling performance to restrict Mpumalanga to 104 as SWD won by 95 runs.